Inside a Secretive Silicon Valley Collective Obsessed With Finest Watches US

Not everyone in Silicon Valley is rocking an Apple Watch. In fact, if you run into a member of Collective Horology, a close-knit and highly secretive watch-collectors club born in the country’s technology epicenter, you might spot anything from a vintage Patek to a new high-horology piece to something even more rare: an exclusive collaboration with a major watchmaker.

Collective founders Asher Rapkin and Gabe Reilly, Facebook’s director of global business marketing and creative product lead, respectively, began their watch journeys the old-fashioned way: through family. Rapkin was inspired by his grandfather’s gold perfect fake Omega Seamasters, while Reilly obsessed over his brother’s obviously fake Rolex “Coke” GMT-Master—bought, he says, from “a guy selling ‘Rolexes’ out of a briefcase outside Bloomingdale’s.” But when the childhood friends found themselves working together at Facebook, talking watches with fellow enthusiasts in private watch forums, they realized something was missing from their online community: human connection.

The group started as an attempt to bring together like-minded local collectors in the real world. It expanded, by invitation only, via Rapkin’s and Reilly’s personal connections and introductions by existing members, and by 2018 had become an official entity branded as “Collective.” (The current roster comprises 55 watch aficionados, a tightly guarded list that includes Academy Award–winning directors, start-up founders and Grammy-winning musicians.) But at a certain point the club realized that, even for its boldfaced names, snagging the latest limited editions could be a pain—which was one reason Rapkin and Reilly decided to create their own.

Collective now has three exclusive watch collaborations: the steel Zenith Chronomaster El Primero C.01 with a minimalist white dial; an engine-turned meteorite dial timepiece from American watchmaker Joshua Shapiro; and the steel H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Centre Seconds Rotating Bezel C.02 with a green fumé dial. “Being able to create an organization where you don’t have to reload a brand’s webpage at 12:01 a.m. for a shot at an incredibly expensive watch is something that makes our members very happy,” Rapkin says.

“They wanted to combine an iconic movement with a contemporary design,” says Zenith CEO Julien Tornare. “The approach was so in line with our strategy that I couldn’t say no. The 50 pieces sold out very quickly, and I’m still in touch with some of the members.” Likewise, the J. N. Shapiro watch, which was limited to 10 pieces and cost between $21,500 and $31,775, depending on case material, sold out within 48 hours.

“These are a young generation of collectors, and Silicon Valley, obviously, is a dream region for us, where we weren’t previously well known,” says Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie. “They have the age and the mindset of the people we are trying to reach.”

Collective is also discouraging the type of toxic discourse that now defines online culture. The duo wanted to create a private community where “there’s plenty of debate [but] it’s never done rudely,” Rapkin says. “And we thought the glue that could hold that together was through the other half of the organization, which is about collaborating.”

Admissions for new members, which is based on an application process that began this year, opens with each launch of a new collaborative watch. While Rapkin and Reilly want to maintain a level of exclusivity, the pair insist acceptance is not about elitism. “We have Seiko collectors and others that collect Greubel Forsey,” Reilly says. “We focus on a few key questions: Are you already a member of a community? What is it that draws you to collecting? What is it that you feel you will bring to the Collective community?” Which means if you have a valuable perspective—not just a well-stocked vault—Collective just might accept your friend request.

LUXURY REPLICA OMEGA SEAMASTER DIVER 300M CHRONOGRAPH

The new replica Omega chronograph from the Bienne-based watchmaker, born for skimming through water and dominating ocean depths, blends three different materials on its case and bracelet.


The link which connects the aquatic realm to Omega dates back to the 1930s. It was, in fact, in 1932 that the Bienne-based watchmaker imagined the Omega Marine, its 1st waterproof watch tested to depths of 73 m in Lake Geneva. In 1957, it was the Seamaster 300’s turn to see the light of day, followed by the Seamaster Professional 300M in 1993 and, finally, the Seamaster Planet Ocean in 2005. No need to tell you that it’s much more than a simple connection, it’s a real love affair which pursues its route today in particular with the introduction of the blue dial fake Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph.

To create this 44 mm Omega replica watch, Omega blended three different materials: SednaTM gold – an alloy which combines around 75% of gold and 25% of copper and palladium and offers an intense, long-lasting russet hue – for the unidirectional rotating bezel, the crown and the pushers, titanium – well-known for its lightness, its soundness, its corrosion-resistance and its gray color – for the caseband, and tantalum – a heavy, biocompatible transition metal with blue glints, which the brand has used since 1993 – for the bezel base and the central links of the bracelet.
On the blue ceramic dial of the Swiss movement copy Omega decorated with a laser-engraved wave pattern, the luminescent, golden sword-shaped hands display the running hours and minutes whilst the seconds tick by in one of the chamfered counters at 9 o’clock. A direct drive tipped with a dot marks the chronograph seconds and powers the totalizer at 3 o’clock which groups together the minutes and hours. The ensemble is driven by the Master Chronometer-certified Omega 9900 automatic caliber which delivers a power reserve of 60 hours

Your Swiss Fake Omega Speedmaster Story — The Other Side And More

We asked you to share your fake Omega Speedmaster story with us, and this is the fourth installment featuring three stories of our readers. Some Speedmaster stories can be very short because one is simply mesmerized with the yellow second hand replica Omega Speedmaster watch. Other stories are a bit lengthier. It is about graduation, a wedding, celebrating business success, the birth of a child, or down to a tradition, for example. Whatever the reason is, it is always a good idea to buy a Speedmaster, of course. In the fourth installment of “Your Speedmaster Stories”, we share three stories from our readers on their Speedmasters.

My name is Lorenzo and I have been passionate about watches since my parents bought me my first watch — a Teeter Totter Seesaw Toy Watch — when I was 4 years old. I still own that watch and have kept it in working condition ever since. It reminds me of the period that we lived in Boston, MA, while my father was doing post-graduate studies in med school.

Like many others, watches have been a good way to remind me of special moments in my life such as high school and university graduation, getting married (and unfortunately divorced), and closing important transactions in my professional career. I have bought high-end watches for every special occasion, but no brand has enticed me more than Omega in recent years since a tragic event impacted my life.

In December 2016, we learned that my father had stage 4 prostate cancer. It took us by surprise and shook us to the core. What can I say about him? He was an incredible person. He was a very successful general surgeon, a loving husband and father, an excellent friend, and car enthusiast with the best smile. It was his decision decided to keep his cancer secret to extended family and friends. He carried on as usual with a big smile and the best attitude towards life while receiving an alternative treatment. Unfortunately, he passed away at home in November 2017 surrounded by us and his close friends.
With honor
A couple of months before passing away, I wrote him a letter thanking him for the wonderful life he gave us. I promised to take care of my mother and to continue our family name on with honor. I closed the letter with the phrase, “We’ll see you on the other side.” I have kept the letter private to myself to this day.
Fast forward to July 2019, my best friend, business partner, and “brother from another mother” decided to give me a present for closing a deal for both of us — an black leather strap replica Omega Speedmaster Apollo 8 (Dark Side of the Moon). I was amazed by the level of detail.

Everything about this black ceramic bezel replica Omega watch impressed me: the colors, the box, everything. And then my eyes fell to the phrase on the case back: “We’ll see you on the other side.” Since then, I have bought a couple more Speedmasters (ST1 and ST2) and plan to continue marking important moments in my life with Omega Speedmasters.

Connotative Fake Watches For Sale – Decent Accessories

In addition to the practicality, men need graceful effect for the convenient replication watches. As a result, I carefully select two timepieces from Rolex and Breitling brands.

  • Rolex Air-King
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In consideration of the decency, the exact copy Rolex Air-King watches are really appropriate. Simple and concise, the watches accurately ensure the basic hours, minutes and seconds on the black dials, presenting very typical visual effect.

  • Breitling Premier Automatic 40
Online imitation watches forever are elegant for the design style.

Reproduction Breitling Premier Automatic 40 Watches With Anthracite Dials

Compared to the black dials, the anthracite dials enhance the tasteful feeling for the perfect replica Breitling watches. Independently set with the small seconds counter, the watches largely improve the readability.

Both made in steel, these wrist watches will become proper for formal dressing.

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